The World's Largest Megayachts

Sam Kessler (Online Editor)
With ever more impressive yachts emerging from shipyards around the world, which exactly are the largest?

Bigger isn’t always better, but when it comes to superyachts you’d be hard-pressed to argue otherwise. As technology and engineering advance, shipyards are able to build bigger and more expansive yachts than ever before, catering to some of the most demanding individuals in the world in ever more extravagant ways.

Year on year these magnificent sea-worthy palaces get ever grander, yet even now it takes an effort larger than the yachts themselves to create something that can inch its way into the top five. So who exactly has managed that? Well, without further ado, here are the five largest megayachts in the world.

Al Said

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Missing out on the number 4 spot by a single metre in length, Al Said more than makes up for it with its vast 24m beam, providing a huge amount of space on board – enough for 70 people and 154 professional crew members. Commissioned by Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman and launched in 2007, the floating mountain of steel and aluminium is nothing short of magnificent.

What’s surprising though is that this is actually the largest yacht in the world. Not in terms of length of course, that comes later, but in sheer tonnage. To be specific, Al Said weighs in at a gargantuan 15,850 tons. With interiors designed by Redman Whitely Dixon, you can be sure that all those tonnes are also incredibly beautiful.

Project Omar

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The 156-metre Project Omar is the biggest new yacht of the past year, only recently launching out for sea trials. It’s still early days, so not all that much has been revealed about the yacht, commissioned by Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, but the Espen Øino exteriors are superb.

Project Omar certainly has enough expertise behind it to ensure that it deserves a good amount of respect. Lurssen are old hands at creating exceptionally large megayachts – Omar is not the only one of theirs in the top five – and, taken by tonnage rather than length, this is bigger even than it first appears. Decor by Andrew Winch ensure elegant interiors worthy of the size and, while Project Omar is still relatively secretive, it’s the kind of yacht that will understandably be getting a lot of attention.

Dubai

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Being the oldest yacht on this list, it’s all the more impressive that Dubai has managed to stay firmly in the top five largest yachts worldwide. Yet Dubai’s size is possible the least magnificent aspect of the megayacht; its interiors are among the most stunning yachts at any size.

Bedecked in fine fabrics and mosaic detailing in its multitude of rooms, a colour-changing glass central staircase makes a spectacular centrepiece. Copious natural light meets bold colours for a dramatic, not to mention luxurious, level of décor.

The exterior is just as elegant. Seven individual decks allow plenty of sunbathing areas, all the more so with a wealth of jacuzzis and a swimming pool in the same mosaic finish as the inside. Dubai is of course spectacular for its size, but to focus on that is to do its phenomenal styling an injustice.

Eclipse

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Until 2013, Eclipse held the place as the number one largest yacht in the world and, despite being eclipsed itself a few years later, it’s nonetheless one of the most magnificent vessels ever built. Built by Hamburg-based Blohm + Voss and owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, the 164m Eclipse was somehow shrouded in mystery during construction. Though once revealed, it was all but impossible to hide that large a yacht.

That said, the secrecy hasn’t abated all that much, at least with regards to the interiors. It’s thought to accommodate 36 guests in 18 cabins given the shape and size, though that’s about as far as speculation takes us. With room as well for six tenders, three helicopters and a recreational submarine, Eclipse has a veritable navy of vehicles – enough, fortunately for the entirety of Chelsea Football Club.

Azzam

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At an astounding 180m, Azzam has maintained its position at the top by a good 15m longer than the world’s next largest. Launched by Lurssen shipyard back in 2013, it took a dedicate team of experts working on nothing else to make the monolithic yacht a reality.

It’s all too easy however to get side-tracked by Azzam’s size; it can be a little hard to see past it, often quite literally. Yet there’s a lot more to talk about on the technological side than that. It can reach an impressive top speed of 30 knots and, thanks to its surprisingly shallow draft, can do so in relatively shallow waters.

Needless to say, Azzam’s interiors are nothing short of magnificent, created as they are by renowned French designer Christophe Leoni, with a level of luxury to put The Ritz to shame. With such sumptuous interiors, cutting-edge technology and its sheer size, Azzam is a historical milestone not just for the world-renowned Lurssen, but for the yacht industry as a whole. The fact that it was built in just three years is simply staggering.

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